Will County Deputy Shoots Lockport Township Teen Who Attacked Her With a Knife

The two underwent surgery at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center.

A Will County Sheriff’s deputy shot a teenager who slashed her across the face as she and another officer responded to a domestic incident Thursday night in Lockport Township, police said.

According to Will County Sheriff's police, they got a call at 7:30 p.m. about a 17-year-old wielding a knife and threatening family members on Gaylord Road. Two deputies were allowed inside by a family member.

While there, a deputy, who has been on the force for only two years, spotted Jose Chavez in the hallway holding a knife. She and the other deputy "repeatedly ordered Chavez to drop the knife," but he refused, said Kathy Hoffmeyer, Will County Sheriff's Department spokesperson.

Chavez rushed the two deputies and attacked one with the knife. "The deputy sustained a serious laceration to her face. The same deputy discharged her service weapon one time, striking Chavez in the chest.'"

Although Chavez was wounded, according to the report, he ran from the residence and was ultimately restrained in the driveway by a Crest Hill police officer who also respoded to the call.

Family members said Chavez was "acting erratically" and threateningly toward relatives at the home, according to Hoffmeyer. 

Hoffmeyer said both Chavez and the deputy, whose identity was not released, were taken to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.  The two underwent surgery.

After undergoing a two-hour surgery to repair what Hoffmeyer described as a "serious laceration to her face," the deputy is expected to make a full recovery. Chavez remained in critical condition.

Will County Sheriff's Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas said, "The Sheriff's police have had contact in the past with Chavez during which Chavez was considered a juvenile. Tonight's behavior and attack may have been fueled by Chavez's use of drugs earlier in the evening."

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King B Signs & Wonders December 22, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Drugs NO GOOD! How sad! Now two people injured and two families and friends are impacted by this senseless act of violence because someone was selfish and wanted to get high..
ernie December 22, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Slashed a woman cop with a knife? Bet his booking photo shows a few bruises.
mike December 22, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Cops are crooks to think there bad because thay have a badge well people dont put up with nothing to day thay dont care a bout going to jail its free food all the buddys you need and no death penalty so look out who your dealing with these days cops dont scare people any more thay dont protect us thay just act big and bad well the citisens are stepping up fighting for what ever thay want and its getting worse pretty soon cops will need protection
Debbie December 22, 2012 at 05:44 PM
You have to be kidding??!! You are defending the 17 year old? I don't think the idea of the police officers, risking their lives to protect us, is to scare us! That is, of course, if you are doing something wrong!!! I am wondering how long you went to school-your writing and spelling need some work!!!
matt gentry December 23, 2012 at 07:19 PM
this is probably coming from a person who was most likely arrested by the police multiple times for drugs or weapons charges. He is just mad that he got caught and feels like he is a big man. He doesn't understand the danger in the job. it is okay if he feels that way. One day when he will need the police they will still show up and assist this man in anything they can, then he will have something else to complain about. People like this person are never happy. They want life to be all about them, and when it is not they get mad and blame someone else rather than change their ways. It is okay sir be mad. We know that you will never change and we will still be here to help when you need us.


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